5 Unique Traditions of Muslim Weddings

With over a billion of Muslims all over the world, from different countries and backgrounds, their wedding traditions are expectedly going to be a beautiful fusion of culture and religion—making wedding affairs all the more exciting!

There are countless of Islamic traditions, but if you’re heading to an Islamic wedding in the near future, here are the five customs you’ll likely witness on the event.

1. A 3-Day Affair

The three-day affair is perhaps the grandest aspect of a Muslim wedding. If you thought planning a one-day wedding was difficult, just imagine three days’ worth of festivities! And here at Saiaf Films, we’re fully aware of that. We offer different packages for different types of weddings, may it be Muslim, Indian, Jewish or Western wedding. We will serve as your South Asian Wedding Photographer to document your Muslim wedding beautifully.

2. Mehendi Party

On the first night of the 3-day event, women gather in brightly colored formal Muslim wear. Adult women wear saris and unmarried girls wear lehengas. This celebration kicks off the wedding, as mehendi (henna paint) is applied to the bride’s hands and feet. Sometimes, this is a co-ed affair, but often it is women only. This is a fun celebration, so make sure that your Muslim Wedding Photographer Gilbert will be there to capture every moment.

3. The Nikah Ceremony

It’s safe to say that without this ceremony, the marriage technically does not exist! The Nikah is the Islamic marriage ceremony that is of utmost spiritual importance. The couple sits in the presence of a Muslim cleric along with two witnesses for both groom and bride. Verses from the Quran are read as the most significant part of the ceremony. Think of it as the equivalent of Western weddings’ “in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer” exchange of vows.

Depending on the couple, this affair can be an intimate or an elaborate affair. Of course, yummy sweets and the Islamic staple food—dates—are given out to treat the guests.

4. Walima

The Walima is the second part of a traditional Muslim wedding—and the most favourite part among New Jersey Pakistani Wedding Photographer. The traditional wedding banquet includes relatives, friends and neighbours and is usually hosted by the groom’s family. The Walima is to wish the newlyweds a prosperous life. It can be a bit of a culture shock when you go to your first Walima, as it’s a colourful, loud feast of the senses, with cultural food, dancing, music and all-over grand festivity.

5. The Bride’s Red and Gold Outfit

You might have seen a lot of red and gold in the portfolio of your Virginia Muslim Wedding Photographer. This is because Islam brides wear yellow during the mehendi ceremony, and then red embroidered with gold, as well as ornate gold jewelry, for the nikah ceremony. These colors signify fertility and prosperity for the couple, bringing good luck to their marriage.